This turned out to be such a sweet little card. Once I finally figured out how to use my dies to make a folded card I just fell in love with the technique and couldn't stop making them. It breathed new life into all my old dies. I think I explained how to do it in an earlier post, but here is the link to a pretty good video on it just in case. Beth Beard does an amazing job explaining the technique in this video. The other thing is I just love the pennant placement on this card. I never quite know if I am going to be in the right mood to actually pull off the placement of
embellishments when I'm making a card. It sounds funny, but with me if I'm having an off day or my head isn't totally in the mood to make a card when it comes down to placing the paper embellishments it can either go totally smoothly or be a nightmare. Lots of times I know exactly how I want to look in my head, but my fingers just don't want to seem to do what my brain is telling them. Then I start getting frustrated, and before you know it the whole thing is a MESS! And I just have to walk away. On this piece it was so nice. The idea seemed to shoot right out of my head and the card was done. It turned out so cute
I almost wish I kept it. It sort of made me a little bit sad because the person I sent it to didn't acknowledge that they received it. Which is fine of course, but when I asked them about it they said oh yea I got it... thanks. Which again is fine I wasn't looking for a ton of praise or anything. Maybe a "hey that card was cute, and you making it for me made me feel special " would have been awesome. But, I have to keep reminding myself not everyone is going to be as excited about something I made for them, but I thought this person would be. -SIGH- the lament of a card maker. Oh well, not everyone is as into this as I am, and I would be making them anyway. I just happen to make them for occasions so I can give them away and not let them pile up in my studio. I think I might just write that on a piece of paper and tack it up to my studio wall. Oh, and I almost forgot I coated the letters THANKS in glossy accents, and I just love the effect it gave to the card. Ok enough jabbering here are the supplies I used.
In my life long quest to make the perfect flowers out of punches I ran across LaughItOutNow on YouTube. She has two great videos to make 10 different types of flowers with one set of punches (Video 1, and Video 2). It sounds like a dream come true to me. Here is my first attempt with them. So with a ton of little paper flowers scattered all across my desk, (and a few in my hair), after hours of playing my new To: and From: stamp, and journal stamp were staring at me dejectedly. So I had to make the perfect little tag for Valentines Day. It was so cute I almost couldn't give it away. I just love the pink and contrasting bakers twine together. Black and pink has always screamed French Shabby Chic to me. And though this tag doesn't really convey that it is a good reminder that I have to making shabby chic stuff as I reveil in my ultra cute, girly, flower encrusted gift tag.
Martha Stewart Crafts Edger Punch, Doily Lace -- Hero Arts To From Tag Cling Stamp Set -- Fiskars 145970-1001 Border Punch, Apron Lace -- Hero Arts Cling Stamp, Ledger -- Tsukineko Full-Size VersaMark Pigment Inkpad, Clear -- Bazzill Basics 304888 100-Piece 12-Inch by 12-Inch Paper Pack -- Maya Road Baker's Twine Cording, Blackberry -- EK Success Paper Shapers 1-Inch Circle Nesting Punch, Old Package -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Diamond -- Ranger DIS-27164 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Spun Sugar -- Fiskars 152490-1002 Portable Paper Trimmer, 12-Inch -- Tombow Craft Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive 1/3"X40'; 2 Items/Order -- Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 817 Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips -- Fiskars 12-23518897 Hand Punch, 1/8-Inch, Circle -- Ranger Ink Mini Glossy Accents .5 Oz. Bottle -- 3m Scotch Quick-dry Tacky Adhesive 4oz -- Martha Stewart Crafts Embossing Stylus Set -- EK Success Paper Shapers X-Large Retro Flower Punch -- EK Success Tools Punch, Retro Flower, Large -- EK Success Paper Shapers Retro Flower Medium Punch -- EK Success Paper Shapers Retro Flower Small -- Tsukineko Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad, Jet Black --
A few months ago my boyfriend of many years and I were finally able to move in together. Each of us has had one family emergency after another since we started dating, and it hasn't been till very recently that we have just been able to settle down and just focus on our relationship. What's so funny is that we have been dating for about 9 years now, but since moving in together we have entered into a completely new phase of our relationship, and it feels like we have only been dating a few months. The transition hasn't been all that difficult. Honestly, I keep waiting for some sort of major issue to come up. Or some big fight to happen. Mostly because we have both lived alone for some long, and we are both such independent people that I expect this huge transition to impact us in some drastic way. Also, this apartment is really small, and we can't afford a bigger one right now. But so far... nothing. We both are really good at compromise so I guess that is probably the why.
Anyway... The whole reason for this post is that cooking has proven to be much more difficult than I realized. When I've cooked in the past it has been for family events, so a large number of people, or just for myself which were quick little things. We both work so much that I haven't really been home to cook, but I have vowed to at least make one meal a week to save money and to start on the road to get healthy. Of course I am taking on a huge new project at work so that vow will probably have to be put on hold for a few months, but for tonight at least I accomplished it. Of course remember we are a newly cohabitating couple and his idea of dinner is COMPLETELY different from mine. So when he told me he wanted Sloppy Joe's I said OK but my mind was like... ooooh. I've never had Sloppy Joes before (maybe at school when I was little, but I don't remember it), I have no idea how to cook them, and I'm not sure I wanted to. What I did know is that if I were going to make them at least I would make them healthy. So sloppy Joe's it was and to make them a little healthy I used turkey meat instead of ground beef. And they turned out pretty good. The man was happy, and my vow was accomplished for this week.... go me!
When I saw Miss ChicnScratch on youtube make this gift box I just had to make them for Valentines Day Treats. They just turned out so cute and so easy to make. Ok, ok I had to watch the videos a couple of times. Then I had to make a template. Then I had to scale up the template because I needed a lot more room in the box for what I had to put in it. But other than that it was easy, and fun. And now that I have the template I can just trace it to make it again and not worry about all the rest. So thank you Miss ChicnScratch for getting me up once again to make something fun.
Bazzill Basics 304888 100-Piece 12-Inch by 12-Inch Paper Pack -- Maya Road Baker's Twine Cording, Blackberry -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Christmas Red -- LE PEN BLACK pen -- Scor-Tape 1/8" X 27yds- -- Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board and Envelope Tool -- Fiskars 152490-1002 Portable Paper Trimmer, 12-Inch -- Tombow Craft Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive 1/3"X40'; 2 Items/Order -- Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 817 Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips -- Fiskars 12-23518897 Hand Punch, 1/8-Inch, Circle --
I absolutely love these Lifestyle Craft nested oval dies. If I were only allowed 10 crafting items on a desert island this would be one of them. So imagine just how excited I was when I finally figured out how to make a folded card from one die. REALLY EXCITED!!!! When I learn a new technique, and have all my equipment out to make it I usually make multiples of the card in different colors to reinforce the process. It just so happens that when I was making this
card I needed to write a thank you note to my sister, and a thinking of you card to a very dear friend. By the way to achieve this look all you have to do is fold a piece of card stock in half. Take the die you want to use and hang one of the edges of the die over the folded edge so when you run it through you die cutting machine it doesn't cut that part of the paper making the hinge. Beth Beard does an amazing job explaining the technique in this video.
Supplies Used: Sizzix Framelits Dies 4/Pkg Flowers #3 -- K and Company - Haunted Collection -- Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Inverted Oval Cookie Cutter Die Set -- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Diamond -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 0.5 Ounce Black Diamond -- Ranger Signature Series Distress Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Vintage Photo -- Inkadinkado Thank You Words Clear StampsSizzix 655268 Big Shot Cutting-and-Embossing Roller-Style Machine with Standard Multipurpose Platform, Black & Pink -- Sizzix 657228 Sizzlits Die, Snowflake No.23 by Basic Grey --3m Scotch Quick-dry Tacky Adhesive 4oz -- Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 817 Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips --
This is my favorite birthday card that I have made to date. It has all the elements that I love. The banners, that amazing oval die (Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Inverted Oval), and adorable skeleton with a pinwheel and bow tie, and as much stickles as the card can hold. Not to mention it was for one of my favorite people on the planet the woman behind the creations of Nacreous Alchemy . It was made with Recollections Bon Appetite
Halloween Stamps, and Recollections Halloween paper. Oh and tons of Vintage Photo sponging. The banners and everything else was hand cut except for the amazing ovals. Ooooooo ... I love that die set so much I could marry it!
Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Inverted Oval Cookie Cutter Die Set -- Recollections Bon Appetite Halloween Stamps -- Ranger Ink Mini Glossy Accents .5 Oz. Bottle -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Diamond -- K and Company - Haunted Collection paper -- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 0.5 Ounce Black Diamond SGG01-5123; 3 Items/Order -- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Black Soot -- Sizzix 655268 Big Shot Cutting-and-Embossing Roller-Style Machine with Standard Multipurpose Platform, Black & Pink -- Bazzill Basics 12 by 12-Inch 25-Sheet Cardstock, White -- Scotch CAT 085 Advanced Tape Glider with 2 Rolls of 1/4-Inch by 36-Yard Acid Free Tape,Cure Pink -- Ranger Signature Series Distress Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Vintage Photo --
Just a sweet little card I made for my sisters birthday using some Bo Bunny and Kaiser craft stamps. As well as the Basic Grey "what's up" paper. I went a little crazy with the glossy accents. You can't really tell from the pictures, but all the words have a thick coat of it making it look like a sort of enamel sign. And on the front I mixed in diamond stickles with the glossy accents for a pretty shimmery effect. She loved it so I was happy.
Supplies Used: Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Diamond -- Tombow Craft Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive 1/3"X40'; 2 Items/Order -- Ranger Ink Mini Glossy Accents .5 Oz. Bottle -- Fiskars 152490-1002 Portable Paper Trimmer, 12-Inch -- Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 817 Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips -- American Crafts 1/4-Inch Satin Ribbon, 10-Yard Spool, White -- BoBunny Ambrosia Stamps -- What's Up 6X6 Paper Pad (Basic Grey) -- Ranger DIS-27164 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Spun Sugar -- 50 Blank Greeting Cards & Envelopes 4x5" ~White -- Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool-with 2 Blending Foams --
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